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In 1976, when I decided I'd try reopening a club that had gone out of business, my friends thought I was nuts because ,“they'd all be dead soon.”
That was not the case then. It is now.
June 13, 2018
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Along with the entire League.
Got a better solution?
June 13, 2018
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But you might be delighted to learn that passing or raising 1NT to two and three and opening 1M and raising it to 2, 3, or 4, is the entire extent of bidding portion of Honors' six-lesson beginner's course, of our book, A Taste of Bridge, and of our version of “A Taste of Bridge In a Day” course.
This is out of necessity. We are in NYC. If we don't grab them quickly, then you can be sure they will be on to something else next week that will. No one has to learn bridge here.
June 13, 2018
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Got a better idea?
June 13, 2018
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June 13, 2018
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What will a 20% commission cost the League over the next few years? It will be a pittance. If we put this incentive program in place this afternoon, it would be between one and two years before the first eligible newbies would begin to dip their collective toes in Sectionals or higher tournaments. But think of the profound implications. Even if we made the payout finite, say ten years at 20%, then the next ten at 10%, full service clubs and independent teachers would have an incentive for getting their charges to play competitively. It may even begin to pay for them to advertise, something no one has mentioned when they talk about clubs and profit. Yes teaching is profitable, but not nearly enough for any of us to do more than advertise for new clients on our web site.
June 13, 2018
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Now we are starting to think outside the box. Why not everyone share in the growth of the organization?
June 13, 2018
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$30 card fee's and 6,000 tables of teaching and social bridge.
June 13, 2018
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3 from clubs, 3 from Units, 3 from the business community.
June 13, 2018
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Clubs don't even get to place members on the BoD.
Taxation without representation.
A very American concept.
Do I hear “Tea Party”?
June 13, 2018
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I believe Donna may be the club's manager. Can they strip Chris for her club's failing to pay sanction fees?
June 13, 2018
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Michael,
I would like you to look at “A Taste of Bridge” from Master Point Press.
I'll have Ray Lee send you a copy if you like. A Taste of Bridge is Honors Bridge Clubs' six-session beginner course in a book. 200 pages. Bidding starts at page 101.
You like?
Here's a tennis analogy a British friend of mine hit me with. “Teach bidding before the play is like teaching the serve before the ground strokes.”
Before managing bridge clubs, I managed an indoor tennis club.
I also wrote “A Taste of Bridge” after teaching beginners for thirty years.
June 12, 2018
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OK. But only if we have a set of demands that we present ACBL before we begin to withhold funds.
Care to begin?
Demand #1?
June 12, 2018
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The devil, as they say, is in the details.
Glad you are on board with the concept.
June 12, 2018
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20% of Sectional, Regional, and National Tournament card fees generated from players taught by ACBL member clubs should go back to the clubs that created these players. And that's for life.
Now there's a business model that might work.
If that gets adopted, Chris, Mike, Silvana, and I will be happy to let the Units keep their 11%.
June 12, 2018
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I'm glad I waited to weigh in.
Mike and Silvana are spot on.
What hasn't sunk in is, “No, it is NOT NEARLY ENOUGH.”

Between us, we own the three biggest clubs in the area. Last year, I just looked it up, we were the largest club in the country, the tenth largest and the fifteenth largest. And that's with six Florida clubs thrown in. Not one of us is getting rich from bridge. And if we are not, what does that say about the other 2,800 clubs?
We MUST get rich from bridge, if only to show that going into bridge is an attractive proposition.
There are clubs in the country where it is cheaper to play in an afternoon session than it is to buy a Starbucks' cup of coffee. Some business model. Starbucks, now there's a business model.

Steve Moese and I sent out a questionnaire last year. Too many of the responses were, “We don't know how much longer we can hang on.”

As of right now, it looks like 165 clubs folded up since that questionnaire went out. That equates to 6% of all ACBL clubs that were no longer able to hang on.

The tipping point may have already come and gone. When Barbara and I attend a club, often the average age is low 80's. In almost every case these clubs have no teaching program. They'll be joining those 165 clubs all too soon.

Silvana's club won't. Mike's club won't. Mine won't. We won't get rich, but bridge will survive.

Our Regionals won't all survive either. 50% of our players are 76 years of age and older. The median age of our Regional players is probably higher still. Two sessions a day??

The clubs, all 2,800 need a real shot in the arm. Anything less will be too little and way, way too late.

What that shot is should be the substance of our next thread.
June 12, 2018
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That's a start, but not nearly good enough.
Right now the League rewards us with ONE upgraded club championship session for each TEN members we recruit.
I run 480 session a month.
Whoopi. One will earn the upgrade. If I create ten ACBL members for them.
Should be the other way around. Ten Upgrades for each member.

Good luck getting them to understand that.
June 12, 2018
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And should be allowed to stay there.
June 12, 2018
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Ray,
If bridge clubs and independent bridge teachers made lots of money there would be more of them. The business model for both, as Mike points out, makes it hard for all but the most successful of us to earn any kind of living, forget about making a fortune. What incentive is there:
A) To start a club?
B) Spend tons of money promoting bridge?

So yes, it turns out that I agree with you. There is no where “near enough.”
June 12, 2018
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Stickers and pamphlets.
June 11, 2018
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